One year ago, to think that something like Beats Play Free could be developed in Portugal, would be considered utopic. Or maybe notâ¦
On February 25th the BPF blog was launched and since then it has conquered its space, it has grown and, most importantly, it has been achieving its original, and modest, goal: to promote free music. Beats Play Free started spontaneously and in a genuinely disinterested manner.
One year after the first post on the Beats Play Free blog, this platform groups over twenty free music activists, including musicians, netlabel curators, bloggers and djs. In addition to the blog, the Beats Play Free platform now maintains a podcast, a website, a discussion board and an online radio and is also present on MySpace, Lastfm and Twitter. Over this past year, Beats Play Free organized and promoted 29 free music events in seven different cities in Portugal.
"1" is a double compilation: one section includes 10 previously unreleased tracks by musicians involved in the BPF platform and the other section includes works which represent the catalogue of the netlabels involved in Beats Play Free. "1" is, primarily, an homage to netaudio and also a tribute to all those who have worked with this project thus contributing to its success.